FBR REPORT: Burma Army activities in Papun (Muthraw) District, Karen State
Karen State, Burma
20 June, 2006


IDP woman from Yei Mu Plaw area

  Burma Army mortars and burns down villages and school in northern Papun (Muthraw) District, Northern Karen State. June 15, 2006  

On June 15, 2006 Burma Army battalions 362 and 363 under MOC 10 attacked the villages of Pana Eh Perko, Ker Gwaw Ko, Ti Mu Kee and Naw Yo Hta in northern Papun (Muthraw) District. Burma Army Soldiers burned down a number of homes and rice barns in these villages, as well as a school in Ti Mu Kee. One of the battalions spent the night in Naw Yo Hta on June 15, and then burned the village down when they left.

Burma Army troops also attacked and burned down an area south of Naw Yo Hta called Pana Ku Plaw. The day before, June 14, 2006 the Burma Army fired mortars into Pana Ku Plaw at 12:10 pm.

The exact number of homes burned and the amount of other property destroyed in each of these villages is still unknown as the Burma Army has remained in the area.

Most of the villagers in the area, approximately 3,000, had already fled into hiding when the Burma Army began to approach from the south. Between June 2 and June 14 they mortared and burned villagers’ homes and property in many of the areas south of Naw Yo Hta; however the Burma Army had not yet burned any of the major villages. Every person who lives in the area of these new attacks is now displaced. It is currently planting season, which means that these people are now unable to plant their crops, and the food that the villagers were able to carry with them as they fled the area is not sufficient to last them through the rainy season.


  Update of Burma Army activity in the Bilin River Valley, Papun (Muthraw) District, Karen State.  

Three Burma army battalions under MOC 15 are now beginning new operations in western Papun (Muthraw) Muthraw District, Karen State. These battalions were part of a seven battalion attack which swept down the Bilin river valley from the Kyauk Kyi—Hsaw Hta car road to the village of Baw Kwaw. More than 1,000 villagers fled these attacks. The Burma Army troops involved in this attack returned to their camp on June 17, 2006; however three of these battalions were immediately re-supplied with food for 21 days and were given orders to begin new operations in the area.

Burma LIB 353 Hat


IDP shelter for villagers from the Yei Mu Plaw area

Rice paddy destroyed by the Burma Army